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    ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Here’s a short Chronicle of Higher Education piece on an Iowa State University student — and mother of two — earning her accounting degree May 7 after 19 years and 40 semesters.
    “(Kathy Vizthum) enrolled there after her boss promised to promote her if she took some accounting courses. That was 1992.
    At the time, Ms. Vitzthum’s daughter, Kristina, was eight and her son, Kyle, was six. She decided to take just one course each semester. For years, she studied late at night, after her children and husband, Keith, had gone to sleep. She took her textbooks on family vacations. She turned down many invitations to hang out with friends.”
    ISU said her son, now 25, will earn a nursing degree from Des Moines Area Community College the same weekend she graduates.
    ISU student to graduate after 19 years and 40 semesters | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs

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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Alot of people go to school for 19 years. They are called doctor/lawyer/MBA/psychologist's.



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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    Alot of people go to school for 19 years. They are called doctor/lawyer/MBA/psychologist's.
    Doctor/lawyer/MBA/psychologists are not enrolled in college for 19 years, which is clearly what the story is about. I applaud her for not giving up, which I'm sure would have been very easy to do at times.


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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    The son is going to be a nurse?



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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    The son is going to be a nurse?
    lol



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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneAggie View Post
    Doctor/lawyer/MBA/psychologists are not enrolled in college for 19 years, which is clearly what the story is about. I applaud her for not giving up, which I'm sure would have been very easy to do at times.
    I was talking about someone who would have gotten all four degrees-- a play on the Tommy Boy "Alot of people go to school for 7 years" line-- but nevermind, joke clearly fell short.



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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Halleluah. No more studying. I can now watch Johnny Carson. Wait, he has been replaced."


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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    I think its fantastic and wish her the best.

    Now my debbie downer part: 40 semesters is 3 credits a semester. I don't know why she would be up late studying, missing out on events, all this stuff for a 3 credit class every semester. Hell, I've got coworkers who spend more time on the toilet each week than a 3 credit accounting course with homework would take.


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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    I'm surprised the College of Liberal Arts accepts courses offered almost 20 years ago towards graduation. Of course, they did the same with the woman a little over a year back who had taken courses in the 70s.



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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue52 View Post
    I'm surprised the College of Liberal Arts accepts courses offered almost 20 years ago towards graduation. Of course, they did the same with the woman a little over a year back who had taken courses in the 70s.
    It had to be a bit of a headache for her advisor.



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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    I think its fantastic and wish her the best.

    Now my debbie downer part: 40 semesters is 3 credits a semester. I don't know why she would be up late studying, missing out on events, all this stuff for a 3 credit class every semester. Hell, I've got coworkers who spend more time on the toilet each week than a 3 credit accounting course with homework would take.
    Yeah, there are lots of people who work full time, have kids, and take multiple graduate level classes a semester.

    Good for her and all, but she didn't exactly take the tough route. If you are taking 3 undergraduate credits a semester it isn't exactly something you are going to need to plan your life around. I bet she completely sucked to have to be in a group with, and also was one of those older students who feels the need to comment with "in my experience" on every single thing the proffesor says.



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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    Yeah, there are lots of people who work full time, have kids, and take multiple graduate level classes a semester.

    Good for her and all, but she didn't exactly take the tough route. If you are taking 3 undergraduate credits a semester it isn't exactly something you are going to need to plan your life around. I bet she completely sucked to have to be in a group with, and also was one of those older students who feels the need to comment with "in my experience" on every single thing the proffesor says.
    Oh man, those are the worst. The ones that feel like they are smarter than everyone and then you let them do all the work because you don't really want to do any of it anyway....and you end up with a D. That didn't happen to me, of course...I swear.



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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    The son is going to be a nurse?



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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    I was talking about someone who would have gotten all four degrees-- a play on the Tommy Boy "Alot of people go to school for 7 years" line-- but nevermind, joke clearly fell short.
    I got it... and laughed out loud. Good one.


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    Re: ISU Student to Graduate after 19 Years and 40 Semesters

    Congrats to her. My mom did this going from an LPN, to an RN, to a BSN from U of I (she then became a really obnoxious Iowa Fan :) over the course of a couple decades. I know she took a break after the RN for several years though.

    Anyway with kids and a full time job, I say this woman's accomplishment is pretty impressive and cool to hear about. Hopefully her friends and family threw her a heck of a party.



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